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Health Benefits Of Cutting Nails

By Padmapreetham Mahalingam

Everyone is aware that nails accumulate dirt and have more chance of spreading infections. Most of us take care of our body and always neglect the small areas like toenails and fingernails which is also an essential part of our body. More importantly these easy-to-forget areas are also essential parts that can guard your finger tips and toes from scratch and injures.

Yet keeping them clean is imperative. Cutting and trimming your nails is one of the things that most of us forget or neglect completely because we consider it to be boring or not so important. And subsequently we let them grow and get infected. So keeping them trim is better to avoid any kind of nail problems such as ingrown toenails, spoon-shaped nails and pincer nails.

Did you know that nails can give you clues about your overall health? So cutting your nails and keeping them dirt free is more essential for you to stay away from health problems. The benefits of cutting nails are that they help the prevention of diseases. Proper nail hygiene can control diseases as this curbs the spread of diseases. It is important to look after your finger nails and toenails. Make sure to wash around and cut your nails regularly. Here are some of the health benefits of cutting nails.

Ingrown nails
This is the most serious medical condition caused by not cutting your nails regularly. Ingrown nails also called as onychocryptosis can be painful and unpleasant. When you have big nails they tend to pierce the skin. Some people have toenails that are curved and the corners or sides of it grow into the soft flesh. The result leads to pain and swelling and it can sometime also turn into infections. The hurt and pain can make the toe very sore. If your pain is unbearable or severe consult a doctor. Your doctor can relieve you from the pain.

Bacterial infection
Looking after your nails is important if you don’t want to pick up infections. If you are permanently wearing shoes or socks then toenails can increase the bacteria formation as your feet is not able to breathe as you sweat. So try to cut your nails to get rid of infections. Make sure that you do not wear dirty socks as it can lead to toenail infections.

Good hygiene
Pretty nails give an impression of good hygiene and maturity. If you don’t cut your nails regularly there are chances of you getting fungal infections. The health benefits of cutting your nails regularly can help you to get rid of Tinea. It is referred to as athlete’s foot and is an itchy red rash. It usually occurs between the toes with white patches of skin veering away. These soggy looking patches can also affect the nails by making them look yellow in colour. If Tinea gets under your toenails it can cause fungal infections. So it is better that you cut your nails to get rid of them.

Nail injury
If you don’t cut your nails, then you are indeed causing damage. Sometimes not so trimmed nails can cause injury if you hit it hard on the door by mistake. It can definitely cause bruises. It can be painful and the dark mark of blood takes several months to go away. So in order to avoid any misshapen nails cut your nails regularly. The benefits of cutting your nails can save you from nail damage.

Story first published: Saturday, October 25, 2014, 3:04 [IST]
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